"It seems like you spend a lot of time working on like lessons and stuff for us. I really appreciate that."- 8th grader, said in conversation
"Yeah, I feel like I've learned more in this year than I have in the previous two." -8th grader, said in conversation
"Your homework was the only homework my daughter wanted to do. You should know there are a lot of parents singing your praises right now." -parent
Wow, thanks. Because it's easy to just be in my own little world. Because in October, I realized I hated the material I was teaching (not the subject) and the way I was teaching it, and threw it all out and tried something else, something new, and something scary.
Today I made a gentle joke about one of my kids, referencing something he'd said about himself yesterday, in Spanish, and he laughed! That is, he understood it (wow!) and then laughed! Sometimes all that work and time and tears and stress seems to be paying off, at least for this minute.
And who knows what other curveball I'm going to be thrown this afternoon (because that's part of this job too- never knowing if I'm doing good enough), but for now, I feel pretty good.